Saturday’s 2B Baseball: Ryan Fans 13 as Adna Blanks Napavine
Fever Pitch: Pirates Put Up Six in the Fifth to Defend Home Turf
By Jordan Nailon
ADNA — Napavine came in to the game with their bats on fire here on Saturday afternoon but Camden Ryan proved to be the extinguisher for Adna as he struck out 13 Tigers in a complete game shutout to propel the Pirates in the District 4 2B baseball tournament.
Ryan didn’t give up a hit until the fourth inning and allowed only three base knocks on the day as Adna prevailed 7-0.
The Pirates offense threatened early with a base hit and a Napavine error in the first inning but Tiger starting pitcher Laythan Demarest was able to pitch out of the jam with a strikeout and a ground ball out.
The game remained knotted in a scoreless tie into the bottom of the third inning when Adna put together an unconventional run to take a 1-0 lead. Elmer Loose started the inning by coaxing a walk before stealing a base and then advancing to third on a wild pitch. He wound up scoring on a sac-fly by Trevor Minkoff and the Pirates were on the board without the help of a hit.
That run would prove to be all they needed as Ryan continued to cruise with relative ease the rest of the game.
The first time the Tigers threatened to score was in the fourth inning when Dawson Stanley led off with a single before Seth Butler executed a sacrifice bunt. With a base open Adna elected to intentionally walk Ben Woodrum, who had 7-RBI earlier in the day against Ilwaco, so they could take their chances with a the less fearsome middle section of the Napavine lineup.
The move payed off immediately as Ryan struck out the next two batters to end the inning.
“We had talked about this before we even got here that in that situation that’s a two-headed monster right there and if we’ve got an open base let them have it. Pitch to someone else who’s a little younger and less experienced,” explained Adna coach Jon Rooklidge.
The move was big at the time with Adna holding just a 1-0 lead. The only other time Napavine put runners on base was in the sixth inning when Demarest and Butler singled. Of course, Ryan deflated that rally right quick with three strikeouts in the inning.
In the fifth inning, though, the Pirates took all the drama out of the contest when they erupted for a half dozen runs on just three hits. Levi Gates drove home two runs with a single up the middle and Minkoff brought in another run in the inning.
Minkoff, Gates, and Bryce Lollar tallied one hit each and were the only Pirates to earn hits on the day.
When Ryan reached 74 pitches in the game Rooklidge made a mound visit to talk with his pitcher. Conventional wisdom was that the Adna coach was asking his senior hurler if he wanted to finish the gem of a game he was throwing currently or come out and remain eligible to pitch on Tuesday.
Rooklidge quickly put that nonsense to bed with the shutout victory in hand.
“Oh no. I just wanted to make sure at that point that we kept forces and got outs,” Rooklidge said. “We got the bullpen up just because you should.”
Ryan confirmed the gist of the mound conference and insisted he didn’t think his coach would pull the trigger on a pitching change even after he saw some stirring in the bullpen.
“I don’t think so. He likes to have people warm up. That’s what Rooklidge likes to do,” said Ryan. “He was just telling us to make sure to ease up out there and let my defense make some plays. I was getting a little fine there working outside and inside.”
Moreover, Ryan was happy to nail down the district win that doubled as the final home game for Adna’s group of seniors.
“That was pretty cool. I thought beating Napavine at our home field for our last game at home was pretty special. I really enjoyed that,” noted the Pirates’ pitcher.
With both teams registering just three hits in the game Rooklidge was relieved to have wound up on the right side of things.
“Napavine is a good team. They hit the ball. Most of the teams don’t have a Woodrum, Stanley, and Demarest. Those are three, four, pretty good kids,” Rooklidge noted. “The big thing is getting the one win. It gives us another week of baseball and finishing where we did in league gave us that opportunity.”
Adna has punched their ticket to regionals and will play Ocosta on Tuesday in the district semifinals in Mossyrock. Napavine will play Onalaska on Tuesday at Adna in a loser out game.
Rainier Pulls Away From Pe Ell-Willapa Valley
PE ELL — Rainier’s bats took three innings to come alive, but they were able to pepper 15 hits against Pe Ell-Willapa Valley to earn a 15-3 win over the Titans in a District 4 2B baseball tournament quarterfinal game here on Saturday.
Rainier has punched their ticket to regionals and will take on Kalama in the semifinals at 5 p.m. on Tuesday in Mossyrock.
PWV will play Wahkiakum on Tuesday at 3 p.m. in Adna in a loser out, winner to regionals game.
The Mountaineers got it done on the mound, with Ricky Cruse starting and throwing the first three innings, allowing six hits, three earned runs and three walks while striking out four batters. Zach Lofgren relieved Cruse and pitched the rest of the way, allowing one hit and one walk with five strikeouts.
Hunter Hoke started on the mound for the Titans. Garrett Keeton, Max Smith and Donnie Ward all pitched in relief for PWV.
At the plate, PWV’s Donnie Ward was 2-for-3 with a RBI. Luke Gerow had a double and a run and Kollin Jurek added a hit and a run. Kaden Ritzman had a hit, a run and a RBI.
“We didn’t play too bad. Rainier is a tough team, they’ve got a lot of seniors on the team. They hit the ball really well,” PWV coach Kelly Barnum said. “We had a couple opportunities early in the game. Rainier made a couple big plays and shut that down, big momentum swinger. They carried that momentum pretty much throughout the rest of the game.”
Rainier scored two runs in the first inning for an early lead. The Mountaineers scored five runs in the fourth to break the game open.
Rainier added three runs in the fifth, one run in the sixth and four runs in the seventh to complete the win.
The Titans scored three runs in the fourth and had the bases loaded with one out, but Lofgren was able to work out of the jam and cruise the rest of the way.
“We came out pretty aggressive. We got to their starter in the fourth, added a couple clutch base hits and had bases loaded with one out. We needed that big hit to put ourselves right back in the ball game,” Barnum said. “Lofgren was much more effective, he did a good job of mixing it up. We got a little over anxious, it took us out of the game that we’re used to playing.”
Barnum noted he was pleased with the way Gerow swung the bat against the Mountaineers.
Wahkiakum lost to Kalama 11-1 in Longview on Saturday.
Note: Onalaska won 6-1 against South Bend, but fell to Ocosta 5-3 in the district quarterfinals.
PIRATES 7, TIGERS 0
Napavine 000 000 0 — 0 3 2
Adna 001 060 X — 7 3 0
Batteries: Napavine — Laythan Demarest, Seth Butler (5), Ben Woodrum (6) and Tristan Ellison; Adna — Camden Ryan and Cole Fay
At Pe Ell
MOUNTAINEERS 15, TITANS 3
Rainier 200 531 4 — 15 15 1
Pe Ell-WV 000 300 0 — 3 7 3
Batteries: Rainier — Cruse, Lofgren (4) and Green; Pe Ell-Willapa Valley — Hunter Hoke, Garrett Keeton (4), Max Smith (5), Donnie Ward (7) and Kollin Jurek